Bloomin’ Holler~

Rain is in the forecast,

for tomorrow.

It will be the first winter storm,

for the parched Holler,

and won’t be nearly enough,

but we’ll take what we can get,

to keep The Holler bloomin’.

Happy Holidays to you from The Holler~

Note: These photos were taken near The Holler, at The Vista Botanical Garden, Ganter Nursery, and The San Diego Safari Park.

255 thoughts on “Bloomin’ Holler~

  1. Cindy, your blooms from the Holler are glorious, absolutely luminous! May tomorrow’s rain slake all thirsty flora and fauna – even if only temporarily until the next storm.

  2. Paintbrush lilies and proteas make me feel at home! We have had one glorious rainstorm that has revived us all. I am so pleased you have some in the offing too!

    • I was just over at your post, looking at your snail which is exactly the same as ours. We have armies of them coming out after the rain. Our snails are not native, but were imported in the mid-1800’s. I had no idea I could be farming and selling them. See :
      You would feel quite at home at The Holler, but you would miss your giraffes et. al. !!! I miss them all too. So happy you got rain!

    • I didn’t know more is coming next week. That is excellent news! It seems just misty and damp today, but it’s better than nothing. Natives are definitely a smart move. I have been tending my Matilija Poppies for a year now. They are native, but boy are they hard to get going. Enjoy our bit of much needed winter weather my friend დ

  3. You must have wonderful warm weather for hibiscus to bloom just now. We have a few shivering geraniums hanging on through a first snowfall, but nothing exotic like your blooms! So nice!!! I feel warmer already.

  4. These are beautiful Cindy, and best wishes for Christmas, some lovely rain and the holidays…and not necessarily in that order 🀣 πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜€ ❀️ πŸ™πŸ½ πŸ¦‹ πŸŽ…πŸ½ πŸ•Š πŸŽ„ 🎁 ⛄️

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  6. good morning, how nice to wake to the colourful Holler… dark cold mornings here.. with snow.. high of only about 28 today.. love your posts… stay safe.. greetings to you and your family from Canada.

  7. They’re all so lovely! I love that purple one. We’re supposed to get snow, but I can’t tell yet if we did as it’s still too dark, but my yard is just wet. It rained. I hope the lawn and field have snow.
    I hope you do get some rain!

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  9. What beautiful flowers! It feels so good to look at your wonderful pictures over here in the cold, wintery, snowy Southern Bavaria.
    Have a fine time, dear Cindy, and stay safe!

    • So kind of you my friend. We could swap places for a few days! You can warm up here, and I will go to The Christmas Markets, eat German food and German Christmas cookies. I miss Germany. Stay safe, warm & well დ

      • So sorry, dear Cindy, but because of the Corona Virus we don’t have any Christmas Markets here in Bavaria and most of Germany… We all do hope that next year the situation will be a far better one… But if you mail me your address I would love to send you some Original selfmade Bavarian Christmas cookies. πŸ˜‰

        • I just found your comment. It was in my WP spam file, along with many other comments. I am so sorry your magical markets are cancelled. I do understand why however, and safety is the priority. Your wonderful offer of your homemade cookies is so lovely of you. I am afraid that I found your beautiful offer too late for you to send without inconvenience to yourself. I have an idea however, next year let’s each send each some of our own homemade Christmas cookies. It is a wonderful idea. Merry Christmas my friend. I hope you and your family are having an healthy and happy Advent.

    • Thank you Janis, and yes, it is more like dampness than rain. I’ll dance now too, maybe the two of us can make it happen, although my twin 3 year old grandsons danced up a storm yesterday and coaxed nary a drop from the sky!! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  10. Despite being parched, there still seem to be plenty of beautiful flowers near The Holler! I think I’ve said this before, but I wish we could ship rain from the east to California πŸ˜†

  11. Beautiful shots, Cindy!
    Wish I could send you some of our rain!
    B.C. alone got enough for all of us. Some towns are just gone. They say an atmospheric river fell on them.
    Crazy climate change.

    • Yes, protea and bottle brush grow prolifically at The Holler. Our landscape looks very similar to South Africa, minus the incredible wildlife of course. Cheers to you Ally & thanks for stopping by დ

        • Your place is just a myriad of serious clicks more wonderful than here at The Holler.
          On our second trip, we stayed outside Crocodile Bridge. We passed the gate, drove to our house, we were greeted by the house cat, who hung around for awhile in the house with us. Jim who is a cat person, went here because I needed to, says to me, “We could live here.”
          And I am thinking, just 30 minutes into Kruger. I was born in the wrong place.
          In the morning, we told the owners how much we liked their cat. They looked really nervous, and said “We don’t have a cat.”
          I said, “Of course you do, it spent a long time in the house with us.”
          It was a South African Wild Cat, and it hung out with us.
          I fricking love where you live.

          • That’s such an amazing story, thank for you sharing it with me Cindy. I think I live in a wonderful place, but it has gotten a bad rap so often, even now.
            I wouldn’t live anywhere else.
            I have only traveled to Europe and the UK but I would one day love to visit the Americas and see how the other half live.

  12. πŸ™‚ The Holler in Bloom ~ you’ve definitely have some magic for the holiday season, Cindy. Beautiful photos and I hope the rain will be plentiful enough to keep the blooms (and you) happy πŸ™‚

    • You are such a thoughtful friend Charles. Thank you for your kindness. I look forward to sharing another virtual year with you. Happy Holidays to you and yours დ

    • I look forward to spending another year with you my friend. On Monday my twin 3 year old grandsons will be making decorated Christmas cookies with me for them to eat and take home to their parents. Merry Christmas to you and your family Kathy დდ

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